I’m doing something I haven’t done for a very long time – playing with a nightly build of Firefox, or ‘Minefield’ as it’s known in the nightlies. My reasoning was two-fold:
- There are some nice new features since GPA7 which I wanted to try out.
These new features include:
- New download manager. There are separate sections for completed, in progress and failed downloads. There’s also a search box, but the ‘Clear’ button has disappeared.
- The bookmarks window now supports tagging, and there’s an ‘add bookmark’ button in the address bar, next to the feed button.
- The Addons pane now has a third panel for Plugins, such as Flash, Java and QuickTime, and plugins can now be selectively disabled. I believe that Firefox will also receive information about updates to plugins and will disable old versions with known security vulnerabilities, but I haven’t been able to verify this.
This goes with the rest of the changes that are already in the browser, including the huge OS X platform changes which allow Firefox to use the Cocoa API, finally bring native widgets and also add Growl notification support. There’s also the new Page Info dialog, re-designed address bar dropdown and the browser history now defaults to 180 days. When closing Firefox, you’ll (optionally) be asked if you want to save your open tabs for next time, and an improved open-source crash reporter has been added which now works on Intel Macs. There’s also alterations to text rendering, which is especially noticeable on a Mac and makes for a definite improvement.